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ACTEM Conference

September 15, 2013

Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 8.30.57 PMACTEM is an organization that provides enormous opportunities for all educators in Maine to expand their knowledge in teaching utilizing technology. Over and over they have proven themselves in the professional development opportunities that they provide throughout the year. Their biggest event is their statewide conference being held this year on, October 10 and 11 at the Augusta Civic Center.

A highlight of this years conference is keynoter Kevin Honeycutt. What’s so special about Kevin? Welllll…. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages.

For the past four years Kevin has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks  ( where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum.  Kevin refers to himself as a “Digital Dumpster Diver”.  He collects and shares all kinds of digital resources for educators.  Check out the resources on his website at Just visiting Kevin’s site makes me excited about education!

There are several sessions that have practical applications for the arts classroom including those below offered on Friday:

In Session 1, Tim Hart is presenting Making Music using GarageBand with an iPad. Tim is no stranger to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative since he spent a summer a the MAAI institute and collaborated with teacher leaders to present during the phase 2 mega-regional workshops.

Description of Tim’s workshop:
GarageBand has a long history on the Mac, letting people use intuitive controls and a huge library of instruments and prerecorded loops to create music. GarageBand on iOS continues this legacy and brings the magic of music to the touch screen. In this session, participants will use GarageBand to explore how easy it can be to bring your musical ideas to life. Bring your iPad or iPad mini with the latest version of GarageBand to enjoy this hands-on musical experience.

In Session 2, Meredith Duke is presenting:
iPads in Band/Chorus: Great for Portfolio AND Assessments! – Meredith Duke – Boothbay Region Elementary School

The iPad has changed the face of digital portfolio and assessment.  Come see how beautifully it will work with your bands and choruses.  You will learn how this exciting tool can revolutionize your music program! From app recommendations and reviews, to examples of student work, you will leave with proven strategies and ideas on which to build.

Apps mentioned: Moxtra, Noteflight using Safari, Puffin browser, InsTuner, Pro-Metronome, Vimeo, iTalk Recorder (iphone app), DropBox, etc.

To register for the conference please click here.

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